Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a longtime Army intelligence
officer, publicly claimed on August 15, 2005 that the 9/11 committee
investigation was a cover-up. "Shaffer said that his unit had contacted
the FBI repeatedly during 2000 to warn that a US-based terrorist cell
was at work, but three times was forced to cancel meetings to brief the
FBI at the instruction of the Strategic Operations Command (SOCOM), the
Pentagon unit in charge of all counter-terrorism work."
"There is only one politically serious explanation of
this now-indisputable fact: powerful forces within the US
military/intelligence complex wanted a terrorist incident on US soil in
order to create the needed shift in public opinion required to embark
on a long-planned campaign of military intervention in Central Asia and
the Middle East. Whether or not they knew the scale of the impending
attacks and what the precise targets would be, they acted in such a way
as to block the arrest of known terrorist operatives and allow them to
carry out their plot."
On August 9, 2005, a front page article in the New York Times
revealed that a military intelligence unit had identified four
September 11 hijackers as Al Qaeda operatives working in the US a year
before the 9/11 attacks.A former intelligence officer in the Pentagon
unit named Able Danger indicated that the intelligence unit was
prevented by the military's Special Operations Command from passing on
the information to the FBI.
"Why was this information concealed?
"Because it points imperiously to the existence of a conspiracy within
one or another intelligence or security agency, not to mention the Bush
White House, to shield the future hijackers and allow some form of
terrorist attack on US soil to occur. All of the efforts of the 9/11
commissionas well as the entire official media and both the Democratic
and Republican partieshave been concentrated on excluding even the
possibility that something more sinister than bureaucratic incompetence
or institutional roadblocks were responsible for an intelligence
failure of staggering dimensions.
"But the evidence pointing to some form of government complicity
continues to mount, despite official whitewashes, cover-ups,
half-truths and lies."
"A report released June 9, 2005 by the FBI's Office of
the Inspector General raises new questions about the role of the US
government in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The internal
FBI study provides several important revelations about how US
intelligence agencies ignored and even suppressed warnings in the
period leading up to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon that killed nearly 3,000 people."
June 13, 2005: "A former Bush team member during his first
administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the
World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department
of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds
comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is
'bogus' and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition
destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds,
who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the
National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor
emeritus at Texas A&M University said, 'If demolition destroyed
three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the
case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be
compelling.' Reynolds commented from his Texas A&M office, 'It is
hard to exaggerate the importance of a scientific debate over the cause
of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7. If the official
wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is, then policy based
on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be correct
either. The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its
own terms. Only professional demolition appears to account for the full
range of facts associated with the collapse of the three buildings.'"
Gore Vidal's essay 'The Enemy Within' was published on October 27, 2002 in the print edition of The Observer.
In it Vidal claims that what he calls a "Bush junta" planned and
carried out the terrorist attacks as a pretext to enact a pre-existing
agenda to invade Afghanistan and attack civil liberties in the U.S.
"We still don't know by whom we were struck that
infamous Tuesday, or for what true purpose. But it is fairly plain to
many civil libertarians that 9/11 put paid not only to much of our
fragile Bill of Rights but also to our once-envied system of government
which had taken a mortal blow the previous year when the Supreme Court
did a little dance in 5/4 time and replaced a popularly elected
President with the oil and gas Bush-Cheney junta."
Internet radio and print columnist Alex Jones of Infowar.com now states without equivocation:
"My friends, the government just didn't have prior
knowledge of the September 11th al Qaeda attacks. They actually funded,
trained, protected, coddled, and shepherded al Qaeda into this country.
Trained many of the terrorists at Pensacola Naval Air Station, U.S.A.,
threatened F.B.I. and defense intelligence officers who tried to stop
al Qaeda, threatened them with arrest. Bush signed now public document
W199I two months before September 11, threatening them with arrest if
they tried to stop al Qaeda."